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Sunday, January 4, 2004

I'm not sure how to say this, but I feel as if I just woke up out of a coma. I guess that's how to say it. When you've been complaining about one little malady after another, and suddenly everything is good and right again, it's as if the clouds had parted and your own private sunbeam was shining on you.

Okay, maybe that's not how to say it. But I have hardly anything to complain about today, for a change. A big change, isn't it?

Not long after I wrote last night's lament, there was a sizzling, crackling sound inside my head, and suddenly I could hear again. Out of both ears. If I ever witness a miracle, I think the feeling will be similar to what I felt when I realized that after two days of sheer misery, I was going to be all right. Better anyway. All right is a little too glass-half-full for me, based on recent experience. (But I channeled Red Buttons in Pete's Dragon: "I hear!")

My finger is better, too, and in fact I haven't had a bandage on it all day. There's still a loose flap of skin at the tip of it, but it's more an inconvenience than anything else now.

Besides all that good news, I got a lot of work done today. In fact, I got more done than I realistically expected to this weekend. And I vacuumed the entire formerly-white carpet. And I made it out to Target this afternoon and got something I've been wanting to get, and I'll tell you about it if I can get Tammy and David to stop by some time this week. They're not getting married until Saturday, so I'm sure they have a lot of time on their hands.

Or maybe I'll deliver it myself, in my own copious free time. Somehow I'll make contact, and then I can tell you.

Anyway, I had a good day and it almost makes me think I can get through this week without any major trauma. Tomorrow being Monday, I'll just leave a little hedge room. But no matter how the week starts out, the end of it will be memorable.

2 January 2004

Storm clouds.

So tonight for dinner I did what I said I was going to do. I threw all of last week's herbs and veggies into a salad. I do my shopping on Monday (I hope), so I'll replenish tomorrow. And it didn't amount to much anyway, just lettuce, flat-leaf parsley and scallions. Plus, I made a simple oil and vinegar dressing out of, uh, oil. And vinegar. So there you go. Healthy, easy and inexpensive. It's a good way to get back on track after a rocky start to the new year.

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Today's notable obituary was kind of a toss-up. I could have gone with Paul Hopkins, at 99 the oldest (formerly) living major league baseball player, who in his debut in 1927 gave up Babe Ruth's 59th home run. But instead I chose Etta Moten Barnett, pioneer movie star and singer who was one of the first black actresses to portray a character other than a maid or a nanny. She also played Bess in "Porgy and Bess" on Broadway. She died in Chicago Friday at the age of 102.

Recent recommendations can always be found on the links page.

One year ago: Roots
"If you emphasize production values over music and message, it's probably not a folk song. We didn't end the war with overdubs and a lush string section, that's for sure."

Two years ago: Displaced
"I won't take anything with 'communication' or 'discussion' (or 'advanced' or 'extra fees') in the course description."

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